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Iceland: A Callous And Harsh Opinion (A Repaired Post)



February 10, 2010 – Comments (10) | RELATED TICKERS: CVX , BP , RDS-A

Fellow Fools of the uncaring to editorial dispositions,

Normally I don't take such callous or harsh positions against a country. Please find it in your heart to forgive me for what I am about to propose for Iceland. If you are a resident of the island in question feel free to attack me with claws and teeth for what I am about to propose.

I think Iceland's government should be scrapped. I think Iceland's residents should be bought out (evicted, but with cash in hand) and made to move to wherever they like within the European Union. I think the European Union should take possession of the island and lease it to a number of energy companies that will in turn use the natural resources at hand to generate power for the said EU. It has gas, oil, hydrothermal resources at hand. It should be used as Europe's wall socket and fuel depot.

As I said before I know my position is callous and harsh. But the only reason anyone lives there now is because Eric the Red fooled their ancestors into moving there centuries before. Since they decided to stay that means to me they are not motivated or smart enough to move so they must be saved from themselves. Yes, it is a beautiful country, very savage in its beauty. But to live there is a logistical nightmare. Anything but seafood and water needs to be flown or shipped in. The winters are farking awful. The summers are nothing to write home about. Honestly, when was the last time you thought about Iceland and could think of nothing more than failed banks, crying Britons and Bjork? To me that equals a society and country not worth saving.


P.S. - I would like to thank my volunteer editorial staff for their contributions to the original post. This repaired post is purely for the sake of my ego.


10 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 10, 2010 at 4:52 PM, lemoneater (57.05) wrote:

Iceland is on my to do list of countries to visit. Journey to the Middle of the Earth clinched it for me.

Why should Icelanders have to move to warmer, more boring countries just for Europe's convenience? They would be horribly homesick because from what I've read no where else in the world is exactly like Iceland. If convenience is the highest good, is good still good? Pragmatism and Freedom do not always coincide. Let Iceland sell their resources to Europe if they choose. In a world of globalists, I'm a nationalist. I still believe individual countries provide the best chance of the exercise of personal freedom.

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#2) On February 10, 2010 at 5:11 PM, AltData (32.15) wrote:

Dated a girl from Iceland once.

Should've married her.


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#3) On February 10, 2010 at 6:13 PM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:


I just wanted to sound pushy and outlandish. I would never endorse the forced evacuation of a population. Iceland is beautiful, culturally rich and should stay in the hands of its elected leaders.


Was she fond of dresses taylored to resemble swans?


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#4) On February 10, 2010 at 6:19 PM, Tastylunch (28.51) wrote:

re #3

I'm glad I waited to comment, I was about to Tee off on you. I thought you were serious.

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#5) On February 10, 2010 at 6:51 PM, AltData (32.15) wrote:


She had very nice swans.

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#6) On February 10, 2010 at 7:53 PM, ChrisGraley (28.47) wrote:

I am willing to take in one of those blond haired blue eyed Icelandic women if it will help the cause at all. ;)

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#7) On February 10, 2010 at 11:30 PM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

Taylored = Tailored

Oy! What the jabberwocky was I thinking? I had just read a Taylor Swift headline around the same time. She has polluted my brain!

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#8) On February 11, 2010 at 8:03 AM, lemoneater (57.05) wrote:

@ #3 Cato, I didn't think you could be serious--considering your beliefs in freedom and the worth of the individual expressed elsewhere. However, I felt much better for venting--so thanks! :)

I find the whole topic of sovereign debt a bit mystifying, bewildering, confusing, and alarming.

@ #2 blesto, you have my sympathy. Perhaps you should write a haiku in her honor since I know that you can write beautiful poems.

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#9) On February 11, 2010 at 8:51 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

#8 - And a good venting it was. :)

#6 - I think you'll need a bigger boat. (Think of Jaws)

#5 - I bet you gave more than just her swans a gander.


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#10) On February 11, 2010 at 9:20 AM, TMFLomax (89.30) wrote:

I used to think I wanted to visit Iceland, it looks so beautiful and so cool (land of fire and ice, right?). But after all this snow in DC, well, I kind of feel like I live in Iceland. And like I need everything shipped in. ;) And I really, really don't like it much. ;)

The situation in Iceland what with their economy and debt is really alarming though. Their recent push-back on the debt... wow. Just wow. Kind of blew my mind recently, and made me think how strange things can get what with all the global inter-connections these days. (And I have to admit I half-entertained the thought, good grief, was Britain going to swoop in and take them over??) Does anybody know how the people are getting by? One good thing, with such a small population and inter-relatedness I would imagine they are very given to helping one another out. 

(And... of course... Bjork always does spring to mind when one thinks about Iceland. And yeah, swan outfits.)

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